Scott Roeder was found guilty of first degree murder in the May 2009 death of George Tiller, MD, today by a unanimous jury after 40 minutes of deliberation. The jury also found Roeder guilty of two counts of aggravated assault.
In reaction to the verdict, Feminist Majority Foundation president Eleanor Smeal said, "Defense efforts to establish that Roeder's actions were justifiable failed miserably. The jury saw Roeder's actions for what they were: cold-blooded murder."
Executive Vice President Katherine Spillar stated, "Roeder's own words on the stand revealed that his 'sidewalk counseling' outside the clinic was a cover for his surveillance of Dr. Tiller's 'comings and goings' and an opportunity to determine Tiller's and the clinic's vulnerabilities." She continued, "Roeder's testimony, during questioning by District Attorney Nola Foulston, opened the door wide for the Department of Justice to establish that there was a broader conspiracy to murder Dr. Tiller and other abortion providers. Now it is time for the federal Department of Justice to act."
Sentencing is scheduled for March 9.
Feminist News, 1/29/2010